Alexander as Anarchist

25 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2017

Date Written: May 2017


This essay, written for a festschrift for Professor Larry Alexander, considers the implications of Alexander’s rigorously intentionalist account of legal interpretation for the problem of legal and political authority. The essay argues (or so it seems) that Alexander’s hermeneutics, though persuasive, and though respectable enough in their exoteric meaning, constitute a surreptitious project aimed at producing anarchy.

Keywords: Larry Alexander, Legal Interpretation, Hermeneutics, Anarchy

JEL Classification: A00, A10, K10

Suggested Citation

Smith, Steven Douglas, Alexander as Anarchist (May 2017). San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 17-292. Available at SSRN: or

Steven Douglas Smith (Contact Author)

University of San Diego School of Law ( email )

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San Diego, CA 92110-2492
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